Pregnancy: Testing and Concerns

Are you pregnant and feeling overwhelmed by all of the genetic testing options that are available during pregnancy?

Have you had some genetic testing during your pregnancy, but have more questions or would like to discuss it further with a specialist?

Was a concern raised regarding something seen on your ultrasound and you’d like to discuss it further with a specialist?

Do you have a family history of a medical condition and are concerned it could be passed on to your pregnancy?

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If you can relate to these questions then you may benefit from a Prenatal Genetic Counseling Consultation.

What to expect from your Prenatal Genetic Counseling Consultation

Our team of certified genetic counselors is dedicated to helping you navigate your genetic health and provide up-to-date care recommendations. Your genetic counselor can:

  • Help you explore and make decisions about your options for screening and diagnostic testing during a pregnancy
  • Review how genes, birth defects, and medical conditions can run in families, and how they might affect your family’s health, including current and future pregnancies
  • Interpret prenatal screening or diagnostic testing results, including potential causes for unexpected ultrasound findings
  • Provide support and information

How to prepare for your appointment

You can see your counselor in-person or online via Telehealth. Either way, it is important for you and your partner/family to prepare for your appointment by noting any specific questions or concerns that you have so that the genetic counselor can be sure to address those during your visit.

If there are specific results that you would like to discuss with the genetic counselor (ultrasound reports, prior test results, etc), it is important to make sure that information is sent to GSF before your scheduled appointment so that the genetic counselor has an opportunity to review everything before meeting with you. If you’re concerned about any medication exposures during your pregnancy, make sure to make a list of all medications you’ve taken during your pregnancy.

A Prenatal Genetic Counseling Consultation also includes a detailed medical and family history, so it may be helpful to talk with relatives (as well as your partner’s relatives) ahead of the visit to gather information about their health history. Some things to ask about can include: 

  • Significant health or medical concerns 
  • Diagnosis of a genetic condition 
  • Babies who have had to have surgery 
  • Babies who have died shortly after birth 
  • Family members with any delays (not walking or talking on schedule, needing help in school, autism spectrum disorder, etc) 
  • Women who have had three or more miscarriages, and 
  • Women who have gone through menopause before the age of 40

It is common for there to be limitations to gathering family health history, including a loss of contact, family members not wanting to share their health history, or someone being adopted. It is helpful to gather as much information that is comfortable to ask for.

How much does a Prenatal Genetic Counseling Consultation cost?

The cost for genetic counseling is $250, which can be paid securely online by credit card or arrangements can be made to pay by check. It is both the philosophy and practice at GSF that genetic services, including genetic counseling, should be available to those in need, regardless of ability to pay. For this reason, we have financial aid available for those who qualify.

Do you accept insurance? Do you have a financial assistance program?

Visit our ‘FAQs‘ page to learn more about billing and our patient assistance program.

Common reasons for Prenatal Genetic Counseling Consultation

Please visit our FAQ page for billing, insurance, and other common questions.

Questions? Please call us at 844.743.6384.